Borderlands

‘I carried my addiction into civilian life’

TIJUANA, Baja California, Mexico – Vietnam Veteran Richard Avila returned from Asia addicted to drugs and was discharged from the Marines after being arrested for drug possession. After many run-ins with the law, he was deported in 1996, but returned multiple times and eventually served three years in federal prison before being deported a final time.

A hope that all mothers and children are reunited

TIJUANA, Baja California, Mexico – Yolanda Varona, who helps run The Bunker in Tijuana, was deported to Mexico in January 2010 without the chance to say goodbye to her children. Varona founded a support group for deported mothers, like herself, who have been separated from their children in the U.S.

Mark of the conquistadors: Legacy of Spanish debated in Southwest

SANTA FE, N.M. – The Spanish soldiers and fortune seekers who arrived in Mexico 500 years ago brought death and destruction along with their Catholic faith, activists say. But others note how much good Hispanics have contributed throughout the Southwest.